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'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste

“Latin Lover” Ricardo Cortez, who went on to play a series of all-American scoundrels and criminals, in addition to similar unsavory types of other nationalities. Although never as big a star as fellow silent era screen heartthrobs Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, and John Gilbert – or fellow Pre-Code era antiheroes Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney – Cortez had a long and, to some extent, prestigious film career, appearing in nearly 100 movies between 1923 and 1950. Among his directors were “Father of American Cinema” D.W. Griffith and Paramount's star filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, in addition to eventual Oscar winners and nominees Frank Lloyd, Herbert Brenon, Gregory La Cava, William A. Wellman, Frank Capra, Walter Lang, Michael Curtiz, John Ford, […]


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'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste



Robert Zemeckis Out of 'The Wizard of Oz' Remake + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contenders

Judy Garland as Dorothy in Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz So, Robert Zemeckis, the guy who brought you Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, and Beowulf, will not direct a remake of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. A Deadline report tying Zemeckis to a potential Oz remake caused a furor among bloggers yesterday, most of whom apparently see the Yellow Brick Road as hallowed ground belonging to Judy and Toto and no one else. Well, except that long before Judy Garland went hopping on all those yellow bricks, Dorothy Dwan played Dorothy in a 1925 silent version of L. Frank Baum's novel – which […]


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Robert Zemeckis Out of 'The Wizard of Oz' Remake + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contenders



The Films of 1910 at the Academy: 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'

Future Academy Award-nominated MGM director Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld, Pride and Prejudice) as the Scarecrow, future star Bebe Daniels (The Maltese Falcon, 42n Street) as Dorothy in Otis Turner's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program of shorts in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” on Monday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented on a 1909 hand-cranked Power's Model 6 Cameragraph motion picture machine, those old rarities will be screened with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. This is the eighth consecutive year the Academy has presented an event of films from 100 years earlier. “A Century Ago: […]


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The Films of 1910 at the Academy: 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'